Surviving London Fashion Week

We’ve partnered with journalist, author and culinary extraordinaire, Anna Barnett, as she shows us her tips for surviving London fashion week.

Here I share some of my favourite London haunts. These are great for escaping the chaos of London Fashion Week that can at times be charming, and at others far less so! I’m always keen to embrace London’s varied culinary offerings, so from pizza and Peroni in Soho to fresh aperitivo produce in north London, these are the spots you’ll find me.

Jacob the Angel

As a huge fan of the team behind Jacob the Angel, I can never resist popping in for a coffee and cake after a show on Floral Street in nearby Covent Garden or when cutting through Neal’s Yard. They also have The Palomar, The Blue Posts and The Barbary (which is incredible, try the octopus) and several others which I’m yet to make it to.

The coconut cream pie, which is exactly that but topped with an incredible silky meringue, has been an Instagram hit. They make a generous batch daily and it’s understandable why. You have to try this if you haven’t already! This small and perfectly formed bolthole serves a great coffee as well as pastries and salads for those days when you’re attempting to stay off the cakes. Made from only the best ingredients, this little pastry haven is one worth making sure is on your list. The window spot or just outside is perfect for a bit of street-style spotting too. It’s always good to have a few key places you can duck into when in Soho and the pace of the week starts to get the best of you.

Cecconi’s Pizza

Slap bang in the centre of Soho, Cecconi’s Pizza Bar is a new late-night favourite. Open until 3 am Thursday to Saturday means late night drinking and snacking between after-parties just got a whole lot easier. Previously we’d find ourselves at Bar Italia but the beer and cocktail offering alongside some great pizzas might have just made this our new go-to! Those outdoor tables make this central spot on Old Compton Street an even better option to stop for a Peroni on those sunny afternoons. Plus, in typical Soho House style, the décor’s on point, as is the lighting and lowly lit bar that will easily lure you in for hours!

Covent Garden

Covent Garden has always been a beloved destination of mine, from my early teen years as a shopping addict, to today, where not much has changed other than my restaurant choices! It’s full of character and has now turned into a hub for incredible restaurants. Petersham Nurseries is my favourite recent addition and has the most gorgeous outdoor space that cuts through to Floral Street where there’s an abundance of beautiful shops; The Shop at Bluebird being one of them. It is an incredible and very design-led, multi-brand store that has it all! Covent Garden will always hold a very special place in my heart. My very first job was in fact in Neal’s Yard so when London Fashion Week comes around; I’m always excited to have an excuse to come back to this part of town.